Category: Design

Taipei Transforms Subway Cars to Mimic Sporting Venues for Upcoming Summer Universiade 

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To spark interest for the upcoming 2017 Summer Universiade, the city of Taipei has employed a fantastic marketing strategy that sees the city’s subway cars turned into realistic backdrops of several popular sporting venues. The floors of each car have been replaced by laminate overlays of track lanes, grass turf, basketball courts, and baseball fields—though by far the most popular car is the swimming pool. The Universiade begins August 19th and involves 22 different sports across 70 venues. You can see more photos of the Taipei MRT transit cars on Instagram. (via Design You Trust, Taiwan News)

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An Origami Pineapple Pavilion Opens Inside Berrington Hall’s 18th-Century Garden 

images © Ivan Morison and Marsha Arnold

All images © Ivan Morison and Marsha Arnold

Situated inside the garden of the Georgian mansion at the National Trust’s historic Berrington Hall is Studio Morison's newest structure Look! Look! Look!, a pineapple-shaped pavilion with angles akin to a folded work of origami. The pavilion is dusty pink, with an open rooftop and four openings that surround the structure’s sides, and was built with the support of Trust New Art and the Arts Council England.

Heather and Ivan Morison, the two artists behind Studio Morison, spent more than a year researching the garden’s history before they arrived at the design of this sculpture as a way to bridge historical Georgian life with its present use, encouraging visitors to relax or picnic within. The pink color was pulled from a traditionally Georgian palette, hues of which are found inside the hall itself.

The shape of the pavilion is based on a piece of origami created by the two artists. With the help of structural engineers the timber work was brought to life. A metal frame sits at its core, while the outside is covered with a pink fabric that can withstand all weather conditions. In addition to designing the temporary outdoor pavilion, the artists also created several sculptural pieces of furniture that exist inside, small geometric stools that reflect the shape of the sculpture which they are inclosed.

Look! Look! Look! is open to the public at Berrington Hall through December 2019. During its run visitors can attend a series of events and activities hosted inside the shelter. (via NOTCOT, urdesign)

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An Owl-Shaped Cabin Invites You to Sleep off the Grid in Bordeaux, France 

A cluster of three hollow wooden owls peer out from the end of a dock in Bordeaux, France, connected from within to form a two-story cabin. The Watchers was designed and built by Zebra3, a local contemporary art production company. The design was inspired by the small owls that nest on the ground in the surrounding marsh, with shingles to match their feathery heads.

“The idea of ​​birds came to me very quickly,” said Candice Petrillo, Zebra3’s key designer on the project. “After the last extension of the commercial zone, I saw migrants swirling around in the sky, looking for the old dried wetland. The nod of animal eye and the curve of the object are a tribute to the sculptors François Pompon and François-Xavier Lalanne.”

The structure is a part of a series of unique buildings scattered throughout the region, cabins that invite guests to spend the night for free in order to encourage hiking and exploration. The project, Les Refuges Périurbains is a collaboration between Zebra3 and Bruit du Frigo. You can see more of the area’s cabins on Les Refuges Périurbains’ website, including this lakeside home shaped like a cloud. (via Inhabitant)

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Resin and Wood Jewelry by Britta Boeckmann Encapsulates Crashing Ocean Waves 

Australian jewelry designer Britta Boeckmann (previously) is known for her fusion of resin and wood, creating pendants and rings that highlight the contrast between these two different materials. Some of her latest handmade works incorporate a mixture of opaque white and semi opaque blue resin with fragments of Australian Salmon Gum wood, giving the uncanny appearance of waves crashing on shore when viewed from above. You can see more of her recent work in her Etsy shop.

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Elastic Vehicles: Warped and Contorted Car Designs by Chris Labrooy 

Digital illustrator Chris Labrooy continues to experiment with radically unusual car designs by creating ludicrous CGI vehicle concepts based on VW Beetles, Datsuns, and Citroen C3s. Since we first mentioned his Auto Aerobics series, Labrooy decided to bring a few of his ideas to life in a series of animations titled Cut & Shut and Tokyo. You can see more of his recent work in his portfolio. (via Designboom)

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